Black Sea - Fennesz
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  • Summary: This is the fourth studio album for the electronic artist from Austria.
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  1. Suffice to say that with all its slowly blooming beauty, alluring aberrations, and deftly measured brute force, the closest analogue to what Fennesz has done on Black Sea seems to be nature itself.
  2. Black Sea is positively huge while also being much more accessible. You get a sense here of how far Fennesz has come, how far his music reaches, and the unexplored possibilities that still exist.
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    The sun's gone out and here is the soundtrack to our long, dark financial winter. [Mar 2009, p.114]
  4. Vaguely melodious, embedded with overtones, sometimes placid and sometimes stormy, Black Sea is like a wave in that its diverse parts meld together to form a powerful, all-encompassing entity.
  5. As it stands, Black Sea is a solid, if not entirely groundbreaking.
  6. The first is a human trait that seems necessary to enjoy ambient music at all, but which may have been compromised by Fennesz’s more pop proclivities: patience. Spend some quality time with Black Sea, and it begins to open up.
  7. Black Sea is a headphone album, packed with fragile, briefly presented sounds that seem in constant danger of escaping unheard.

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